Saturday, 28 November 2015
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Jan 15 2014 | 11:31am ET
The U.S. Supreme Court has asked the Obama administration for its opinion on whether it should take up the Bernard Madoff trustee's bid to sue the arch-fraudster's banks.
Irving Picard has asked the court to overturn a lower-court ruling that barred him from suing the Ponzi schemer's banks for nearly $30 billion. The U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that he lacked the standing to sue on behalf of Madoff's victims; according to that court, he "stands in the shoes" of Madoff and not of Madoff's clients.
This week, the court asked U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli to file a brief outlining the White House's opinion on that decision.
According to Picard, HSBC, UniCredit and UBS "are as responsible as Madoff for the enormous magnitude of customer losses." Picard was also suing JPMorgan Chase, but accepted a $543 million settlement with the bank last week, part of JPMorgan's $2.7 billion deal with the government.
The banks counter that the Second Circuit's decision was in line with precedent and therefore an "unremarkable conclusion."
Oct 21 2015 | 10:41am ET
One of the most unique charity benefits in the hedge fund industry, A Leg To Stand On's (ALTSO's) Hedge Fund Rocktoberfest - NYC, raised nearly $500,000 last Thursday thanks to the generous support of major sponsors and nearly 1,400 attendees from the Tri-State finance, business and hedge fund communities. Read more…